To help the children understand that after they are baptized they will receive the gift of the Holy Ghost to help them.
Prepare the following “question flowers” out of heavy paper:
Attach the flowers to small sticks about four to six inches long and put them in a vase or jar.
Prepare to sing or say the words to “I Know My Father Lives” (Children’s Songbook, p. 5). The words to this song are included at the back of the manual.
Make the necessary preparations for any enrichment activities you want to use.
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Follow up with the children if you encouraged them to do something during the week.
Invite a child to give the closing prayer.
Choose from the following activities those that will work best for the children in your class. You can use them in the lesson itself or as a review or summary. For additional guidance, see “Class Time” in “Helps for the Teacher.”
Bring something that you received as a gift but that is no longer useful because it is broken, worn out, or used up, such as a cracked dish, an old article of clothing, or an empty food box.
Show the children the gift that is no longer useful. Tell them any interesting information about the gift, such as who gave it to you and when or why they gave it to you. Help the children understand that even though this gift was once important to you, it is no longer useful because it is broken, worn out, or used up.
Explain that when you were baptized and confirmed, you received a different kind of gift. This is a very valuable gift, one that cannot wear out or be used up. This priceless gift becomes more valuable as it is used.
What is this gift?
When the children have guessed (or you have told them) that this gift is the gift of the Holy Ghost, tell them that they will receive many gifts throughout their lives, but the gift of the Holy Ghost is the most valuable gift they will receive while they are here on the earth.
Sing or say the words to “The Still Small Voice” (Children’s Songbook, p. 106).
Through a still small voice, the Spirit speaks to me
To guide me, to save me from the evil I may see.
If I try to do what’s right, he will lead me through the night,
Direct me, protect me, and give my soul his light.
Use the actions indicated below as you sing or say the last part of the song:
Listen, listen (cup hand to ear).
The Holy Ghost will whisper (place index finger to lips).
Listen, listen (cup hand to ear)
To the still small voice (place hand over heart).
Play the following quiet game with the children to show that they may be guided by a still, small voice:
Show the children a small item you will hide for this game. Have one child leave the group for a moment while you hide the item. When the child returns, explain that he or she must listen carefully to find the object. Use a quiet noise, such as lightly tapping a pencil, gently clapping your hands, or humming a song, to show the child which way to turn to look for the hidden object. Gently tap when the child looks in the correct direction. Tap more quickly (or hum louder) as the child moves closer to the hiding place, until the item is found. Repeat the activity, giving another child an opportunity to look for the object, as often as desired.
Explain to the children that they may be guided in their lives by listening to the still, small voice of the Holy Ghost. Remind them that the Holy Ghost does not always speak out loud. Sometimes he gives us ideas or feelings, such as a warm feeling when we do something right or a bad feeling when we do (or want to do) something wrong. We must pay careful attention to know what the Holy Ghost is telling us to do.
Help the children trace each of their hands on a piece of paper with different colors of crayon. Have the hands overlap, representing the laying on of hands to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Label each picture with the child’s name.
Sing or say the words to “The Holy Ghost” (Children’s Songbook, p. 105) or the third verse of “I Like My Birthdays” (Children’s Songbook, p. 104). The words to these songs are included at the back of the manual.